People implore Road Traffic Directorate to vet big bus driver’s licenses before being employed

  By Duncan Mlanjira Following continued occurrences of accidents on the roads of Malawi involving big buses, some members of the general public are asking if the Road Traffic Directorate should be advising bus companies to be liaising with the Directorate whenever they are employing new bus drivers. This follows the accident that happened in the early hours of Saturday morning around Nkhamenya in Kasungu District involving one of the newly-acquired Malawi Post Corporation (MPC) coaches, which has claimed…

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US suspends tobacco imports from Malawi over forced child labor allegations

  By Geneva Sands, CNN The United States on Friday suspended imports of all tobacco and tobacco products from Malawi for alleged forced labor practices — including child labor. Customs and Border Protection, which holds the authority to detain imports, has recently ramped up its efforts to hold companies and suppliers accountable for forced labor practices.  The agency issued a “Withhold Release Order” on tobacco from Malawi on Friday, allowing it to detain goods believed to have been produced…

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Airtel in sensitization drive to help people from being defrauded through digital mobile money services

  By Duncan Mlanjira With the growing cases of people being robbed through syndicate of fraudsters who are swindling people through mobile money digital system, Malawi’s mobile phone service provider Airtel is on a sensitization drive people not to entertain callers claiming they are from Airtel. Some people call unsuspecting people informing them that they have either won a promotion competition that Airtel had conducted or that they have erroneously sent money to their Airtel Money account. When called…

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People warn each other on recurring syndicate of fraudsters using mobile digital system to swindle people

  By Duncan Mlanjira People are warning each other on social media that there is a syndicate of fraudsters who are swindling people through mobile money digital system and it is suspected the culprits operate within prison walls. According to sources that Nyasa Times has talked to, the crooks are very cunning in that they call when least expected, saying they were calling from TNM or Airtel for Know Your Customer (KYC) updates and they ask people to open…

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Malawi’s company SPARC Systems part of Rwanda’s ICT success

By Duncan Mlanjira Malawi’s information and communications and technology (ICT) company, Sparc Systems Limited, is making inroads to Rwanda’s market where it has unveiled a wide range of innovative products that will help support their client business across the country. According to a report by https://en.igihe.com, Sparc Systems Limited Group Managing Director Mr. Wisely Phiri held a customer interaction cocktail at Kigali Serena Hotel which was attended by business captains in Rwanda where he presented a number of products which…

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NICO Group applauds role played by Malawi media in highlighting its innovative services for the public

By Duncan Mlanjira NICO Group has applauded the Malawi media for its role it plays in highlighting its innovative financial services for the public and that’s why it offers a scholarship to one journalist to attend a training course in South Africa in investigative business reporting. Speaking on Wednesday at their head office at Chibisa House in Blantyre, NICO Group’s Head of Marketing & Communication, Lorraine Phiri said they have been awarding this scholarship in conjunction with their South…

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Malawi elected 2nd vice-chairperson of AU Specialised Technical Committee on ICT

By Duncan Mlanjira  Malawi has replaced South Africa as the 2nd Vice-Chairperson of the Africa Union Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on Communication and Information Technology (ICT) during the third Ordinary Session held from October 22-25 in Sharm El Sheikh in the Arab Republic of Egypt. Minister of Information, ICT and Cvic Education, Mark Botomani, represented the Malawi at the conference which called on all AU member countries to build consensus on integrated connectivity roadmap, establish a continental cyber security…

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FINCOOP SACCO on its way to full recovery; Posting surpluses on monthly basis

By Duncan Mlanjira FINCOOP was the biggest Savings & Credit Cooperatives (SACCO) in Malawi around 2010 in terms of membership, which was over 40,000 then and assets of over K600 million, but due to high delinquency through agricultural loans, FINCOOP almost collapsed with members going down to less than 6,000 and assets written off to almost half.  However, through the network of SACCOs under Malawi Union of Savings & Credit Cooperatives (MUSCCO), FINCOOP was given a stabilisation fund to…

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Airlink plane crash lands at Likoma Airport

By Duncan Mlanjira An Airlink Cessna C210 aircraft carrying 2 passengers from Lilongwe overshot the runway at Likoma Island at around 10:30am on Thursday but both passengers, Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) officials and the pilot did not sustain any serious injuries. A swift response in a form of a press statement from Airlink says the pilot was taken to the Likoma Island St. Peter’s Hospital for medical assessment after experiencing a minor head abrasion and has since been discharged….

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Ace wildlife photographer Ismail Shariff predicts good times for Wildlife Conservation in Malawi

Ismail Shariff, who visited Kazakhstan for a conference on Snow Leopard recently, pours out his heart to Dr. Ahmed Mohiuddin Siddiqui about the efforts needed to conserve wildlife on the planet earth. Hyderabad, the southern Indian city is not just popular for Charminar, Biryani, Mohammed Azharuddin, Sania Mirza, Saina Nehwal and P. V Sindhu but Hyderabad is also famous for internationally acclaimed wildlife photographer Ismail Shariff. In this candid conversation for The Maravi Express, Ismail Shariff exhibits his passion…

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